Rio de Janeiro hotels tend to be expensive, and the high prices are not always matched by high quality. This is especially true of hotels close to the international airport - known as Galeao - where the out-of-town location means that options are few and prices are high.
Slick 2014 arrival Linx Hotel International Airport raised the bar with its infinity pool and stellar service, but elsewhere the options are little to get excited about.
The domestic airport, Tom Jobim, fares better - it's close to the business district with its solid accommodation options, with major hotel chains such as Ibis and Novotel offering decent lodgings at prices that are fair by Rio standards. These downtown hotels are also close to some major sights, and the lively nightlife of Lapa, and partiers looking for a place to lay their head will find a lively scene at the budget-friendly Lapa Hostel.
Those looking for something with a little more charm will find lovely guest houses and boutique hotels close by in Santa Teresa, a historic neighborhood that is around 15 minutes´cab ride from the domestic airport and 30-40 minutes´cab ride from the international airport. Here, we highly recommend Hotel Santa Teresa and Mama Ruisa.